Teachers & Staff

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All Primary and Lower Elementary classroom lead teachers are Montessori certified. Your child’s teacher is trained to observe the individual interests and needs of each child, demonstrate the correct use of classroom materials, assess each child’s progress and needs, and guide each child to appropriate activities. Each classroom has one or more assistants who support the teacher and students.  All share the love of children and desire to assist young people as they grow toward their potential.

  • Brian Gordon

    Executive Director

    Brian Gordon

    Brian Gordon was appointed as Executive Director in March 2014. Brian brings over 15 years of leadership, management, and business experience to GMA. Originally from the Springfield, Missouri area, Brian graduated high school and attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY where he graduated with a BS in Computer Science/Engineering. From there Brian served as an Intelligence Officer in the US Army for nearly seven years. After serving in the military, Brian worked for WalMart corporate for six years in various management positions including: Real Estate, Information Systems, and Finance. In April 2011, Brian left WalMart to start Conveniently Natural, a health focused meal delivery service, in Kansas City with his wife, Kim. Before becoming Executive Director, Brian was an active volunteer in the school serving on the GMA Board of Directors and the GMA Parent Council. Brian is very excited and humbled to collaborate with parents, staff, and children as we expand on the unique heritage that is GMA. In addition to his wife, Kim, Brian has two daughters, Isabelle and Adrienne, both of whom attend GMA.

  • Erin Purdon

    Program Director

    Erin received a degree in social work from Pittsburg State University. Erin worked as a social worker in Wichita and Kansas City advocating for children with disabilities and senior citizens. Erin worked for three years at Raintree Montessori School in Lawrence, Kansas. Prior to being appointed to the position of Assistant Program Director, Erin was a member of the GMA Board. Erin is very excited to contribute her love of children, her passion for Montessori education, and her understanding of the Montessori classroom to help GMA grow. Erin joined GMA in 2014.

  • Brandy Parr

    Lower Elementary Lead Teacher

    Brandy Parr

    Brandy is the Lower Elementary teacher for ages 6–9. She holds a Montessori Elementary Diploma from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She also holds K–6 elementary teaching credentials in both Missouri and Kansas and an Early Childhood Credential in Missouri. She has a B.A. from Kansas State University and received her traditional elementary teacher training at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California. Brandy has been teaching for 12 years and has been at Global Montessori Academy since 2008.

  • Tommy Capps

    Lower Elementary Assistant Teacher

    Tommy Capps

    Tommy is the assistant teacher in the Lower Elementary classroom. He has a bachelors degree in philosophy from the University of Central Missouri and is an accomplished guitarist. Tommy has been with GMA since 2013.

  • Tammy Brand

    Children's House 1 Lead Teacher

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    Tammy received her Montessori certification through the American Montessori Society (AMS). Before she followed her dream of teaching, she worked as a broker in the health insurance industry for the over 30 yrs. Tammy has over five years of Montessori teaching experience and has been with GMA since 2010.

  • Shawna Chambers

    Children’s House 1 Assistant Teacher

    Shawna Chambers

    Shawna has a bachelors degree from the University of Central Missouri in Education. Prior to working at GMA, she worked at several childhood facilities and preschools. Shawna has a background in Early Childhood and Special Education. She has been with GMA since 2006.

  • Andrea Allen

    Children's House 2 Lead Teacher

    Andrea received her American Montessori Society (AMS) Early Childhood certification from the Montessori Education Center of the Rockies in Boulder. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas and an M.A. in Education with a Montessori emphasis from Saint Catherine University. Andrea comes to Global Montessori Academy from Raintree Montessori School in Lawrence, where she worked for over six years and was a primary lead teacher for three years. Andrea joined GMA in 2014.

  • Libby McFarland

    Children's House 2 Assistant Teacher

    Libby McFarland

    Libby graduated from University of Missouri-Kansas City with a BA in French in 2006. She completed the Montessori Foundations and Philosophy course through MEPI in the fall of 2007. Libby joined GMA in 2010.

  • Janelle Crawford

    Children's House 3 Lead Teacher

    Janelle Crawford

    Janelle received her Montessori certification in Primary Education from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). She studied Special Education at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee (UWM) and taught Special Education on an emergency license at Maryland Avenue Montessori in Milwaukee for two years. She attended Raintree Montessori from early childhood through sixth grade and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. Janelle has been with GMA since 2012.

  • Chelsea Liu

    Children's House 3 Assistant Teacher

    Chelsea received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Kansas. Before coming to GMA, she worked at Little Owly’s preschool in Prairie Village and at the Century School in Lawrence, Kansas. Chelsea joined GMA in 2014.

  • Jayme Harris

    Toddler Room 1 Lead Teacher

    Jayme has a background in Early Childhood Education. Before joining GMA, Jayme worked as a toddler teacher at Lawrence Montessori School in Lawrence, Kansas. Jayme joined GMA in 2014.

  • Lori Jacob

    Toddler Room 1 Assistant Teacher

    Lori graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in general studies in English. Prior to joining GMA, Lori worked at two preschools in Lawrence and Overland Park Kansas and worked for a year as a kindergarten through third grade teacher at the Lawrence Jewish Community Center. Lori joined GMA in 2014.

  • Veronica Andrade

    Toddler Room 2 Lead Teacher

    She previously worked with children in two different Head Start programs. Veronica has a Child Development Associate credential, which she obtained from Kansas City Community College. Veronica joined GMA in 2014.

  • Andrea Williams

    Toddler Room 2 Assistant Teacher

    Andrea Williams

    Andrea has an Associates Degree in Child Development from Penn Valley Community College. She has over 20 years of experience in child care and has been with GMA since 2002.

  • Kim Hooper

    Assistant Teacher

    Kim assists in GMA classrooms and in the GMA aftercare program. Kim has a degree from Rockhurst University as well as Montessori Certification from Clay-Platte. Kim has extensive background in early childhood care and most recently worked as an assistant teacher at Highlawn Montessori School in Prairie Village before joining GMA. Kim joined GMA in 2014.

  • Laura Moe

    Assistant Teacher

    Laura assists in GMA classrooms and in the GMA aftercare program.